Mary Lambert, Tegan and Sara Slam J.K. Rowling for 'Disgraceful' Anti-Trans Tweets

Mary Lambert
Shervin Lainez

Mary Lambert

J.K. Rowling is facing renewed criticism after making several anti-transgender tweets on Saturday (June 6), and some artists aren't being shy about calling her out.

The firestorm kicked off when the author, known for her wildly popular Harry Potter novels, shared an opinion piece on Twitter that featured the headline "Creating a More Equal Post-COVID-19 World for People Who Menstruate" along with her own message: "'People who menstruate.' I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"

As noted by some of the responses to her tweet, which was made during Pride Month and in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests, transgender people as well as gender non-conforming and non-binary people can also menstruate.

Singer-songwriter Mary Lambert was quick criticize the author. "Whaat the actual f--k??? This is so disgraceful, @jk_rowling," she responded to the tweet. "Of all the hills to die on, and for what reason? Trans women are women and they are fighting for their lives. When you push this trans exclusionary agenda, you make their lives infinitely more difficult. Shame on you."

"You have power and influence. Why would you do this? What does it achieve? Do you feel like more of a woman when you punch down? Are you threatened?" Lambert continued. "Some trans men menstruate. Why does that affect you? Why do you want to police that?"

Tegan and Sara also chimed in. "If you are a TERF and following us, please f--k off and unfollow us," the duo tweeted before asking everyone else to donate to help support black trans people.

"TERF" is an acronym that stands for "trans exclusionary radical feminist."

Despite the criticism, the author -- who previously publicly supported a researcher who made anti-transgender comments -- dug in with subsequent tweets. "I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth," she wrote. "I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so."

In response to Rowling's tweets, GLAAD suggested several organizations that people can donate to support groups that help black trans women. "If you want to direct your rightful anger over JK Rowling's latest anti-trans comments into something positive, support orgs that help Black trans people like @MPJInstitute, @blacktransusa, @TransJusticeFP, @Genderintell and @ukblackpride," the group tweeted. "We stand with trans youth, especially those Harry Potter fans hurt by her innacruate and cruel tweets."

GLAAD ended its message with a dig at Rowling: "By the way, looking for some summer reading? "Percy Jackson" author Rick Riordan isn't transphobic #AllKidsDeserveRepresentation"

Besides Lambert and Tegan and Sara, several other celebrities have called out the Harry Potter author, including Jameela Jamil, Sarah Paulson, Mara Wilson, Anthony Rapp and more.


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